Bloc Metal II

  In this installment of Bloc Metal, we take a look at Sleep's long awaited comeback and Wreckmeister Harmonies' latest full-length. ***   On The Sciences, Sleep are Still Smoking  Stoner metal is pretty easy to pin down. The basic premise...

Why Don’t We Re-evaluate “Humbug”?

I remember revving up Humbug back in 2009 and expecting another “Brianstorm” or "View From the Afternoon" to obliterate the speakers of my '92 Accord. But rather than the delicious banger I craved, I got the awkward,...

I’ve Heard It: Panopticon – The Scars of Man On the Once Nameless Wilderness...

I think Ansel Adams would've been a black metal fan. He definitely would've been a Panopticon fan. The famed photographer and environmentalist's aesthetic consists exclusively of crisp black and white images of mammoth rock formations and...

I’ve Heard It: Michael Seyer – Bad Bonez

Bad Bonez, the new album by bedroom pop prodigy Michael Seyer, is a grower. On first listen, there's not much to distinguish it from the sea of hypnagogia that dominates Bandcamp in 2018, but Seyer has a...

I’ve Heard It: Black Dresses – WASTEISOLATION

Black Dresses is a collaboration between Dizzy (of Girls Rituals) and Rook, two Canadian artists whose transgressive noise-pop has attracted a loyal Bandcamp cult. Their first release as a duo (following last year’s split EP Dreams...

I’ve Heard It: Paul de Jong – You Fucken Sucker

  If you know Paul de Jong, it’s probably because he was one half of The Books, the plunderphonic savants whose 2003 album The Lemon of Pink is a masterpiece of inventive collage pop. In 2015, he...

Ghost – “Rats”

Hear that? Those are the agonized groans of the Blocland metal establishment over this post. But I won't be deterred. I have a soft spot for Ghost's brand of goofy pop-metal and commitment to their absurd...

Underworld – “Brilliant Yes That Would Be”

As long as Old Man Winter won't GTFO, I'll keep on subjecting myself to a soundtrack of long-winded, melancholy electronic music. And just in time, Underworld -- UK legends who were new to me until their...

I’ve Heard It: Hookworms – Microshift

Google "hookworms" and you're greeted with a barrage of information on a particularly nasty parasitic worm, which infects helpless humans through contact with "hookworm larvae found in dirt contaminated by feces." Ick! They're insidious little buggers....

P.C. Music Continues to Bring the Goods

While no one is looking, P.C. Music continues to steamroll through its pop contemporaries, long having transcended its tongue-in-cheek, ironic inception. Right now we are feverishly anticipating SOPHIE's new album, and the new single "Faceshopping" just ratchets...